In India since: 2012
About: The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), in New Delhi, India was established with the support of the Government of India and is an integral part of UNESCO. It is the first and only category 1 Research Institute in Asia Pacific and focuses on achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 towards education to foster peaceful and sustainable societies. In this, the Institute is guided by its vision of ‘transforming education for humanity’.
In 2009, the UNESCO General Conference decided to set up an institute focused on education for peace and sustainable development in the vast and rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region. In 2012, the former Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, and The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, launched the Institute. Initially, a two-member team operated out of the UNESCO office in New Delhi. Over time, the team has expanded to over 35 members and works out of its independent office in central New Delhi.
Reorienting Learning Spaces: UNESCO MGIEP seeks to reorient learning spaces that promote sustainable lifestyles, a culture of peace and nonviolence, and an appreciation of cultural diversity. Based on the neuroscience of learning, the Institute envisions new education systems that build intellectual and emotional intelligence using the whole brain approach to learning, innovate digital pedagogies and put youth as global citizens at the centre of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.
Education: Drawing from the learning sciences, including the neuroscience of learning and educational psychology, the Institute envisions new education systems that foster intellectual intelligence and emotional intelligence through the development of socio-emotional competencies in learners using digital pedagogies. Acknowledging that formal, non-formal and informal learning spaces play an equally important role in the education of youth, UNESCO MGIEP seeks to transform learning in both spaces through youth engagement and innovative pedagogies. It simultaneously builds the capacities of stakeholders ranging from educators to students, and advocates for policy upheavals.
Peace and Sustainable Development: UNESCO MGIEP seeks to transform education such that it enables education for peace and sustainable development. The Institute seeks to reorient formal and informal learning spaces such that they incorporate education for peace and sustainable development.
Location: New Delhi
Focus Areas: Social and Emotional Learning, Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship
Nodal Ministries: none
Flagship Publication/s: Blue Dot